• Higley High School senior Colleen Kelly graduates as a performing arts leader who impacts others and draws on how she has been impacted by the choir community.

    A choir singer since age 5, Kelly said music boosted her confidence and social skills over the years. But being Higley High’s Choir Club president and a member of Chamber Choir taught her how to lead in music and beyond.

    “It’s taught me that you don’t have to have those innate skills,” Kelly said. “It’s something you can learn by just doing it in front of people, and I think I’ve gotten a lot better at it. I’ve learned that I do have more faith in myself and let other people’s faith in me fuel my ability to lead.”

    This semester, Kelly said she displayed more of her leadership potential when she was given the chance to conduct a song with the Women’s Choir.

    “It was one of the best experiences I think I’ve ever had in that program,” she said. “I got to teach the song by myself with some direction by the choir director, Mr. (Robert) Decoste. … I think it built trust in the program and really kind of taught me a lot about music and what I want to do in the future.”

    Kelly, who plans to attend Arizona State University with a scholarship to study graphic design, said she plans to get involved in the school’s choir. She plans to continue to lead when she can by caring deeply about what she does. She believes the people she’s met in the Higley community will have the greatest impact on her as she graduates.

    “It’s been an amazing experience getting to meet all these people, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to just live around,” Kelly said.